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Why we need a boycott of Israel on our campuses


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23 October 2011




On Thursday 20th October 2011, 12 universities around London got together and organised an impressive meeting to discuss the need for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions(BDS) of Israel on campuses. The organisation representing the 12 universities included:
  • Kings College London Action Palestine
  • University College London Friends of Palestine
  • SOAS Palestine Society
  • LSE Palestine Society
  • Goldsmiths Palestine Campaign
  • Brunel Friends of Palestine
  • London Metropolitan University Palestine Society
  • Queen Mary Palestine Solidarity Society
  • Middlesex Free Palestine Society
  • Imperial palestine Society



Mike Cushman, Rafeef Ziadeh, Sean Rillo Rackza, Karma Nabulsi and Ilan Pappe (left to right)

The event was hosted at the University of London Union which in May 2011 passed a strong resolution in support of BDS. Voting 10-1 to institute and campaign for BDS in support of Palestine the union called for “thorough research into ULU investments and contracts” with companies guilty of “violating Palestinian human rights” as set out by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC). It was chaired by Rillo Rackza the Vice President of University of London Union.



Sean Rillo Rackza, Vice President University of London Union, chairs the meeting

Over 250 people, mainly students, crammed in to the hall to hear Rafeef Ziadeh of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee, Ilan Pappe an Israeli Academic at Exeter University, Mike Cushman of the British Committee for University's in Palestine, and Karma Nabulsi a Palestinian Academic at Oxford University, each speaking for 10 minutes followed by over an hour of lively questions-answers and discussion apart from a silly Jerusalem Post reporter who suggested that the BDS movement was anti-Semetic by definition because it picked on Israel!

After the QA session Mehdi Beyati of Kings College London Action Palestine explained that King College is involved in an EU funded research project with Israeli settler company Ahava. He revealed that the Kings Student union has just passed a motion condemning the project and demanding the university drops out of the project.

Full video of all the speeches and question-answer session is provided below



Question and answer session followed the speeches



Ilan Pappe, Israeli Academic, Exeter University



Karma Nabulsi, Palestinian Academic, Oxford University



Rafeef Ziadeh, Palestinian Boycott National Committee



Mike Cushman, British Committee for University's in Palestine

Video: Why we need a boycott of Israel on our campuses


  • 0:00:00 Introduction by Sean Rillo Rackza
  • 0:01:20 Rafeef Ziadeh
  • 0:12:07 Ilan Pappe
  • 0:22:35 Mike Cushman
  • 0:34:55 Karma Nabulsi
  • 0:44:25 Quesion & Answer session
  • 1:47:00 Mehdi Beyati
  • 1:50:05 finish


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